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The Mundell surname is one of the names that came to Britain with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name was de Magneville or de Maneville and derives from a place in Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Mundell family

The surname Mundell was first found in Wigtownshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway where they were granted lands by King David of Scotland. They were perhaps related to Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. c. 1100), an important Domesday tenant-in-chief, who was granted large estates in Essex, and in ten other shires by William, and was Constable of the Tower of London. His descendent Geoffrey de Mandeville (d. 1144,) was created the 1st Earl of Essex.

"Sir Henry de Mundeville rendered homage in 1296 [to King Edward I of England], and as Sir Henry de Mundewyl was juror on an inquest on the lands of Lady la Zuche in Wigtownshire in the same year. Roger de Mandeville was a competitor for the crown of Scotland in 1291. Henry de Mundeville made a gift of three acres of his territory of Glengelt to the Abbey of Dryburgh, and in 1297 was invited by Edward I to go on an expedition to Flanders. Robert Mundell was tenant in the barony of Mousewall, 1673, and James Mundell was examined for the Test in 1685. Mundells are still numerous in Dumfriesshire." [1]

Early History of the Mundell family

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Mundell Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mundell were recorded, including Mundell, Mondale, Mondell and others.

Early Notables of the Mundell family (pre 1700)

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Mundell Ranking

In the United States, the name Mundell is the 9,417th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Mundell migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mundell arrived in North America very early:

Mundell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Mundell, who landed in Maryland in 1780 [3]
Mundell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Mundell, aged 14, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [3]
  • Margaret Mundell, aged 39, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [3]
  • John Mundell, aged 40, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [3]
  • David, Elizabeth, Isabella, Jane, John, Margaret, Mary, Samuel, and William Mundell all, who arrived in Baltimore in 1803
  • Elizh Mundell, aged 12, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mundell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Walter Samson Mundell, aged 30, who settled in America from Strathpeffer, Scotland, in 1907
  • James L. Mundell, aged 25, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • Harry Mundell, aged 25, who settled in America from Rydeylo, England, in 1911
  • Janis Mundell, aged 56, who landed in America from Chiddingfold, England, in 1911
  • Roslyn Mundell, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Mundell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mundell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Wm. J. Mundell, aged 38, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1914
  • John Mundell, aged 61, who settled in Elora, Canada, in 1924
  • Mary Mundell, aged 48, who immigrated to Elora, Canada, in 1924

Australia Mundell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mundell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Mundell, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • John Mundell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mundell (post 1700) +

  • Robert Alexander Mundell CC (1932-2021), Canadian Professor of Economics at Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1999, born in Kingston, Ontario
  • James I. Mundell, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1936 [6]
  • Ed Mundell, American guitarist
  • James Mundell (d. 1762), Scottish educator, founder of Mr Mundell's school, the West Bow of Edinburgh, from 1735 to 1762
  • Brigadier William Richard Mundell OBE, British Army officer, second last Colonel of the Regiment of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
  • David Mundell, British founder of Mundell Music, a concert promotion and production company in 1999
  • Marc Mundell (b. 1983), South African race walker at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • David Gordon Mundell (b. 1962), British Conservative politician, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (2010-)
  • Hugh Mundell (1962-1983), Jamaican reggae performer
  • James Mundell Lowe (1922-2017), American jazz guitarist

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZABETH 1849. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook